You’re likley looking behind to take stock of the last 12 months and looking ahead at what you would like to create, put into motion, let go of, or begin a new. It’s time when you pause to visualize the coming year with certain outcomes; maybe you even come up with an intention or a word that will direct you throughout the new year.
Some of us go into a prayer full time or a time of meditation wanting to set the energy or the tone for the coming year – listening inside to guidance or direction.
I had just moved my family (two children, husband and a dog) to the mountains of New Mexico leaving behind my provincial, privileged, comfortable and safe lifestyle in the South. I knew in my gut that big shifts were afoot. I had no idea that I would be the one to run head first into not only doing something I had never done before but experiencing ‘other’ realities.
Holiday travel, visits from family and friends, hosting Thanksgiving dinners, shopping for the perfect gifts, colder weather – it can often make you wonder just where the joy and grace are. It can be tough to find the things you are grateful for during the holiday season.
I recently made the decision to review my priorities and decide where I want to focus my energy. Energy is the secret key to enjoying life, I have discovered. If we use our energy filling up our days with HAVE TOs (disguised as TO DOs) there’s not much joy or fulfillment at the end of the day. With fewer TO DOs you can better focus your energy and find that joy.